Not sure what gen you might be referring to but if you have a look at this gen with the recent Pro and Slim etc, I wouldn't put it past them using this or a similar design.
Maybe, maybe not. Its just a rumour after all. Will wait and see.
Yes, let's go from a practical design that keeps the same template so it is easily recognizable within the gen and adds very little cost and let's make protuberances that would mean a lot of wasted space or unused faber that cost money and also don't make it easy to distinguish from previous gen while also using a X shape. Totally stonks and certainly a trustworthy rumor.
duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"
Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"
Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."